Wednesday, March 02, 2011



"Blocking the Blog"

Hi--This is a friend of Jocelyn's, here to put up a quick post for her.  Here's the deal:  a few days ago, the Turkish government started blocking access to Blogger, so Jocelyn hasn't been able to get to her blog, post, or read comments; even worse, she hasn't been able to visit the blogs of anyone who uses Blogger.  It's hard to say how long this block will continue...it could be days, weeks, months, years, eons.  As she tries to riddle out a solution to her blogging woes, the most likely possibility is that she'll move her blog to a new Wordpress site.  If and when that happens, I'll post a link to it here.  For a bit more explanation of what's going on with the government blocking access in Turkey (the important thing to know is that it all stems from broadcasts of futbol; it's never been clearer that you don't mess around with soccer in certain countries), you can read the article below, first posted at http://www.bloggingpro.com/archives/2011/03/01/turkey-blocking-blogger-over-1-blogspot-blog/

10 comments:

Deborah said...

I suspect the Turkish government of having taken umbrage at Jocelyn's 'plastic theory' and is just using the football thing as a smokescreen.

In any case, this bumps up her Turkish experience to a whole new level and one that she's bound to write about sooner or later, to the enormous pleasure of all of us in the world. Thanks for leeting us know!

Deborah said...

That should read ...all of us in the FREE world.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Yikes! Off to read the back-story. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow--glad to be in the loop on why she's disappeared suddenly.

secret agent woman said...

Fortunately, we all love her enough to just wait patiently for her return.

kmkat said...

Well, I am glad it is just her blog that is blocked and that not she and her family that been packed off to a secret prison, a la Egypt, or shot by snipers, a la Bahrain, or killed by government security forces, a la Libya. She will have lots of interesting things to say when the block is lifted, I'm sure.

Mother Theresa said...

I'm with Deborah...I think the Turks don't want Jocelyn to scare the tourists away with any more talk of Uniform Lack of Quality. Well, I'll wait as long as it takes for her to be back.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I just read about this at
http://turquoisediaries.blogspot.com/

She lives in Turkey also. Says she can send things out but can't read anyone's comments or visit anyone.

Best of luck, Jocelyn. This should make for an interesting addition to your journals from the year.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Just read about the Turkish Blogger ban on the BBC news .
The phrase "Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut" comes to mind about the whole football issue .
But silencing Jocelyn takes it all to a new level of seriousness and now I'm ready to make a placard and demonstrate outside the Turkish Embassy !

Haddock said...

You mean to say it is interfering with their broadcast of futbal... I mean football? That is crazy.